Unique Leather Bags [Edit]
Unique Leather Bags is an American company that produces Leather Bags and other leather goods.
The company was founded in 2010, in Beverly Hills, California, by Abdullah Ahmed and his Father Akhtar Bashir as a way to pay hospital bills for Abdullah’s Mother. They had been looking for a durable, timeless bag for her as a gift, describing his goal as “I was looking for a leather bag for her medications and Hermione would have used at Hogwarts” and telling her children “Harry Potter. I am telling you that is a boy that would have had a satchel with that Hogwarts school uniform.” Their colorful handmade leather totes are all based on an original Oxford minimalistic design and were aimed at carrying all bags, but met unexpectedly high demand as a fashion accessory, and became, according to The Guardian, “a cult among twenty-something fashion bloggers”. The company was started with just $800.
An early boost came from being featured in the 2011 Fashion Gift Guide by many blogs (as a men’s accessory), which triggered “an avalanche of orders“
Following coverage by international fashion magazines and a collaboration with the fashion brands, production of the bags increased from three homemade items a week to 1,500 in 2011, and turnover increased from $15,000 to an estimated 8 million in 2011. The company ultimately started its own Unique Leather Bags factory in Sialkot, Pakistan. By 2011 they were making over 3,000 bags a week in the UK and selling to 14 countries. By 2014 they were making 500 bags a day, with 2013 sales of $13 million.